Congratulations and don’t forget to email me your mailing address!!! Hope you enjoy the BEAUTYful fragrance!
Thanks to everyone for entering! More contests are on the way!
A few days ago, I wrote about a wonderful surprise that’d arrived at my door earlier this month. Style Blog was one of only 10 Canadian blogs to be offered a wonderful opportunity to share the news about FASHION magazine’s Calvin Klein BEAUTY It Touches Everything Contest, as well as to offer my readers a giveaway of my own!
If you’ve always wanted to smell like the lovely Diane Kruger, now is your chance! All you need to do to get your very own 50ml bottle of Calvin Klein BEAUTY is leave a comment below with the following info (please read very carefully):
2. Your favorite Calvin Klein perfume/cologne to date
4. For additional entries, tweet about this contest (#CKBeauty), or re-post it on your website/blog
This contest is open to Canadian residents only. One comment per person, please (all extra entries will be disqualified). Contest opens on October 28th and closes on November 11th. Winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on November 12th. Rules are subject to change by Style Blog.
Please make sure to leave a correct email address, so that we can get in touch with you, if you’re the winner.
Huge thanks to Matchstick and Sumaya for this lovely giveaway!
That’s it…and GOOD LUCK!!!
Huge thanks to Sumaya and Matchstick for hooking me up with the newest Calvin Klein fragrance, called BEAUTY along with some gorgeous calla lilies! Did you know that the calla lily is the only flower allowed at Calvin Klein’s offices and his home? And composition of BEAUTY itself was inspired by the gracious curves and beauty of the calla lily. BEAUTY aims to depict the internal beauty of a woman, her strength and spirit.
“It’s very elegant, and that’s why we wanted to work with Diane (Kruger). This woman we’re trying to portray — she’s not someone who doesn’t have experiences in her life. We wanted this woman to be worldly and well-traveled, a confident woman and a woman who had strength.” said Catherine Walsh, senior vice president of American Fragrances at Coty Prestige.
I have to be honest, the scent did seem to be a bit too much for me at first, but upon further applications it really started to grow on me. I like the warm, spicy floral notes of BEAUTY – and the body chemistry makes the scent smell a bit less crisp, and a bit more musky (just the way I like it). Along with the bottle of BEAUTY, I also received a few samples to give to my friends and family, and the feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive.
So, if BEAUTY sounds like something you’d like to try, you might be in serious luck, as FASHION magazine had just launched an amazing contest! All you need to do to enter FASHION magazine’s Calvin Klein BEAUTY It Touches Everything Contest is submit a photo of what you think is beautiful (can be anything). The contest prize is worth $2500 – and it includes a shopping spree, calla lily deliveries for six months, a basket of CK fragrances, spa day and much more! You will also get a sample of BEAUTY just for entering. Not sure which photo I’m going to submit, but in the meantime – good luck to all of you!
When I first heard that MAC was launching a line based on Disney Villains, I was super excited! I mean, seriously, why does everyone have to worship the heroes? The baddies usually have a way cooler wardrobe and, let’s face it, much more fun. And ever since I received the Mean & Green Nail Lacquer and the Devilishly Stylish Lipglass, courtesy of MAC, I haven’t stopped gushing about the fun collection to whoever will listen.
The nail polish is definitely a new favorite – it’s iridescent, and changes its color from purple to green (or purple and black, according to le boyfriend), depending on the way the light hits my nails. I feel oh-so-wicked every time I glance at my fingers. And though I expected a brighter color from a Cruella Lipglass tube, the light nude gloss is incredibly wearable and the packaging is to die for!
MAC Venomous Villains are inspired by the slave-to-fashion Cruella de Vil, Snow White’s vain and beautiful Evil Queen, Sleeping Beauty’s dragon-lady Maleficent, and the “dastardly” Dr. Facilier of The Princess and the Frog. The collection launches on September 30th in North America, and will be available through October 2010. Make sure to get your fave villain, before they are all gone. Being bad has never felt so good!
It’s that time of the year again! Clinique Spring Bonus Time at Holts! And this one actually looks like it’s worth it!
Clinique’s Spring gift is available May 28th – June 6th and comes in the limited edition signature bag designed by Milly designer, Michelle Smith. With a retail value of over $100, it’s yours free, with any Clinique purchase of $35 or more. Quantities are limited, as usual, so make sure to get yours before they are all gone! Going to get mine at Yorkdale this weekend.
Photo Credits: Holt Renfrew
Easy, Breezy, Beautiful – Taylor Swift! Following in the famous footsteps of Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks, Molly Sims, Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres, Rihanna, and Drew Barrymore, Swift was announced as the new face of the beauty brand CoverGirl!
According to the press release, the 20-year-old, Grammy award-winning star has just finished shooting her first advertisements for the beauty giant, and will represent a new line of luxury products for the brand. The ads are scheduled to debut in January 2011.
“I am so excited to become the next CoverGirl,” said Swift. “I have admired many of the CoverGirls since I was a little girl . . . great artists and actresses who are confident and still themselves. It’s like a dream come true to be a part of the future of CoverGirl”.
Photo Credits: CoverGirl
Spring time is here, which means spring cleaning of my beauty junk. While trying to get rid of the useless and half-empty products as well as organize my favorite ones, I came to realize that so much has changed in just one year…some products I don’t use any more, some are newbies that I might grow to love and cherish, and others – oldies, but goodies are still taking up their deserved space near the sink year after year. And while, I understand that what works for me might not necessarily work for others, I thought I’d share some of my old and new favorites!
Thanks to a recent free sample, I have rediscovered the simplicity of soap bars! I’ve always been a shower gel kind of girl, but decided to give Dove Beauty Bar a go…and I’ve been hooked ever since. This soap lathers up quite nicely, and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized even before I apply the lotion! My skin does not feel dry, and I even use it to wash my face once in a while. Once I’m done with my white bar, I think I’ll try the Go Fresh Energize bar for that boost of grapefruit scent! Plus, every Dove purchase supports Dove Self-Esteem Fund, which aspires to educate girls and women about a wider definition of beauty.
Blackheads! Eeek. I don’t really have a problem with those disgusting black spots, and I credit this super gentle scrub. I use it daily in the morning, and haven’t had any blackheads for a while now. Hooray!
As you might remember, Al and I were invited to the Dermalogica Beauty Junkies skin class and were given some samples to play with. Well, this Cleansing Gel has since become my favorite. Love how gentle it is on the skin! Yet it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. As I use the Neutrogena Scrub in the morning, I only use the Cleansing Gel at night.
Have been using this lotion for years now. Make sure you have a skin conversation with a Clinique consultant before committing to a number (1, 2, or 3), because though you might believe that you have dry skin, it might in fact be combination (and vice-versa). I always thought I’d need number 2, but was recommended a 3 instead, and have not been breaking out since. This one is a staple.
Another Dermalogica fave is the Skin Smoothing Cream. Have been using it for a couple of weeks now and am hooked. Rich and thick, it goes smooth on the skin, absorbing almost immediately, leaving my skin feeling lush and hydrated. Love it so much! Now if only it came with a built-in sunblock, I’d never need another moisturizer ever again.
I love the smell of grapefruit. And according to a study by the Smell and Taste Institute in Chicago, male volunteers cited those women with the grapefruit scent up to six years younger than their actual age. Not that I have to worry about my age, but still…pretty cool. I only bought this scrub recently, and so far, I’d say it does the job. Oh, and did I mention that it smells great?
Every time I make a trip to the Aveda salon, I am coaxed into buying something. I really shouldn’t complain, because the products really are top-notch, if slightly pricey. Last year I purchased Aveda Smoothing Fluid and have been in love with it ever since. At first, I really disliked its smell, but now I can hardly notice it. This super lightweight serum definitely smoothes away any frizz, leaving hair smooth and not at all greasy. This one’s a keeper.
Conditioners don’t seem to last in my bathroom. I probably have used every product on my poor hair and still I keep searching. In the meantime, I really like Infusium Conditioner for dry hair. The moment you put it in your hair, you’ll see what I’m talking about – the richness of the conditioner soaks into the hair, leaving it hydrated and easy to manage. So far, so good.
This shampoo is fairly new to my bathroom, I tend to switch my hair products fairly often, but I do see potential in this Organix Shampoo. Other than the fact that it leaves my hair silky smooth, I adore the way my hair smells after I use it – coconutty and tropical. It’s like a piña colada for the hair. Yum!
It’s the good-enough-to-eat smell that keeps me hooked on this lotion. Plus the texture is silky and not greasy – just the way I like it. Have been using this lotion for years, and still can’t get enough. Perhaps, I’m in love?
One of my very good friends works for Clinique and is always happy to offer advice on any skin problems I might have. One of those problems for me is excessive sun damage freckles under my eyes. I’ve been pretty bad at using the Even Better Skin Tone Corrector – it’s supposed to diminish the appearance of dark spots if used with sunscreen for 4 weeks. As I’ve been quite inconsistent with application of the corrector, I can’t say that my freckles are now less prominent – they aren’t. But I love the texture of this product and will definitely try to be more consistent with its use. Perhaps, I’ll report on the success/failure of the Skin Corrector in a few months.
As I mentioned, some of my beauty problems is dark circles under my eyes and excessive freckles underneath. Well, All About Eyes Concealer, as recommended by my friend, has become one of the oldie-goodies in my makeup bag – covers up my dark circles and freckles without making my face look cakey and overly made-up. You can still see the freckles peeking through, but I really don’t mind.
13. Baby Wipes
I used to buy Ponds and Garnier makeup remover towelettes to effectively remove eye-makeup without excessive rubbing, but at $8 or so a pop (for a pack of 20-30) they became an expensive necessity. Baby wipes are perhaps not as chic, but are definitely cheaper ($3 for a pack of 80 at Walmart) and are just as gentle. Have been using them for a little over a year now, and am never going back to the beauty brands’ towelettes. Waste of money, if you ask me.
Now I obviously know that Maxx Scoop is not a beauty product…duh! But, ever since the wonderful folks at Matchstick sent me and my cat Pepper a few coupons for the Small Spaces kitty litter, my bathroom has been smelling like roses…seriously! If you have a cat and live in an apartment or another type of small space, Maxx Scoop is pretty wonderful – clumps well, offers great odour control, and emits less dust than other brands’ litter (and I’ve tried a lot of different types!). All in all, Maxx Scoop Small Spaces has made my bathroom feel much more comfortable both for me and Pepper. If you are interested in checking it out, click here to grab a coupon for $1 off your next Maxx Scoop litter purchase. Your bathroom and your kitty will thank you.
Estée Lauder’s just announced the addition of Liu Wen and Constance Jablonski to their brand ambassador roster. And though Jablonski is the first French girl to ever land an Estée Lauder campaign, I am mostly excited that the brand signed their first Chinese model to represent them…like ever! Aerin Lauder said, “Estée Lauder has always searched for global beauties that define a generation. Constance and Liu Wen are the beauties of our time. Both models have quickly captured the attention of the fashion and beauty world.”
I am glad that Estée Lauder, the brand that is known for such ambassadors as Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Rhoda, Carolyn Murphy, and Elizabeth Hurley, is finally introducing some diversity to their campaigns. Small step, but one that makes me just a bit more hopeful.
Photo Credits: TFS
Thanks to Faulhaber PR team, Al and I were invited to participate in Group Therapy at Dermalogica’s International Dermal Institute in Toronto. Having read numerous articles on the merits of Dermalogica’s skincare, I’ve always been curious, but not enough to actually venture out and try some. Well, last night I finally got a chance to try the full 5-step program!
The event brought together over twenty different fashion, lifestyle, and beauty bloggers, and it was really cool to meet some faces behind the awesome blogs! So after a bit of mingling, prosecco, and MACARONS (on which I could subsist for my entire life), we settled into our chairs (just like at school), put our white headbands on, and began our skincare lesson. I won’t get into too many details of what went on, apart from the fact that everyone had to remove their makeup and no tweetpics were allowed (though I must say that everyone looked great without makeup), but if you want to read about the products we used during our lesson, the full list is after the jump!
I’ve been meaning to post this a while ago, but yet again, life gets in the way of blogging! Well, the promissed giveaway is finally here, and it’s for Skin MD Natural Lotion – shielding lotion that is unlike any other conventional, artificial moisturizers because it works with the skin to naturally moisturize and heal. I was lucky to receive a sample from Skin MD to try it for myself, and didn’t want to write about it until I could see the effects of this moisturizer for myself.
Well, I’ve been using it for about a month now, and I absolutely love the results! This lotion is lightweight, yet it leaves my skin feeling hydrated for hours. I’ve also noticed that my skin is much softer and silkier. The right type of lotion is so important to me, especially right now, since my skin tends to get so dry over the winter months – Spring is all about renewing and re-hydrating. The press release states the following:
“Most conventional, artificial moisturizers only add moisture to the surface of the skin, but do little to repair the skin’s natural barrier against moisture robbing irritants. Continued use of artificial moisturizers can cause the skin to actually begin producing less of its own natural oils, thinking that the skin has enough moisture. This can cause skin to form a dependence on the moisturizer for hydration. Skin MD Natural breaks the dry skin cycle by working to help restore skin’s natural protective abilities by bonding to the outer layer of skin, strengthening skins natural barrier against toxins and irritants that can dry the skin, while locking in the skin’s natural oils.
Made in the US using high quality natural ingredients making it over 90% all natural. All ingredients are considered to be of food grade and are also on the FDA’s most safe list. It is free of harmful fragrances, parabens, and colorants making it hypoallergenic. We don’t participate in animal testing nor does the lotion contain any animal products.”
Natural, cruelty-free, and super-hydrating? Yes, please! Now you can also try Skin MD for yourself and see what the fuss is all about! All you need to do is leave a comment below with the following info:
1. Name and Email Address
2. The type/brand of moisturizer you currently use
3. You may also follow Style Blog on Twitter: www.twitter.com/styleblogca for more contests and giveaways
Winner will be selected at random on Friday, April 9th, 2010. One comment per person, please. This contest is open to both Canadian and International readers. Good luck, lovelies!
Photo Credits: Skin MD
Nelia Belkova is a Toronto-based fashion and lifestyle blogger by night and a financial analyst by day. She loves to travel, read gossip sites, eat sweets, and cuddle up to her husband and her cat on the couch. Read More…